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On August the 3rd
Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus died at the age of 64 from a heart attack.
Niger became an independent country. It was previously a French colony.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded.
British politician, Jack Straw, was born.
American actor, Martin Sheen, was born in Dayton, Ohio. He was born Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez but adopted his stage name in honour of Catholic archbishop and theologian Fulton J. Sheen.
American singer, Tony Bennett, was born in Astoria, Queens, New York City.
American football coach, Marv Levy, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest coaches in the sport's history.
During the course of World War I, Germany declared war on France.
Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, began his historic journey from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
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